Fear Free leads to lower relinquishment rates

July 31, 2018
Marty Becker, DVM
Marty Becker, DVM

Veterinary Economics Practice Leadership Editor and Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Dr. Marty Becker is author of The Healing Power of Pets: Harnessing the Amazing Ability of Pets to Make and Keep People Happy and Healthy and the resident veterinarian on The Dr. Oz Show. (He was the resident veterinarian for Good Morning America for 17 years.) As a veterinarian, media personality, author, lecturer, educator, contributor, and recipient of many prestigious awards, Dr. Marty Becker has become known as the best-loved family doctor for pets. Dr. Becker also practices at North Idaho Animal Hospital in Sandpoint, Idaho.

Concrete results speak to the power of positive training in the veterinary hospital.

Need more evidence that proper training and handling result in better lives for pets? Here it is: One Detroit-area veterinarian spent years studying trends relating to pets adopted from a local shelter. She examined relinquishment rates before and after her clinic started offering classes promoting positive training with a Fear Free component for new puppy owners.

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In the audio clip above, Fear Free trailblazer and Fetch dvm360 conference speaker Marty Becker, DVM, relates the observations of practitioner Theresa DePorter, DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB, who saw rates of pet relinquishment decline dramatically following the introduction of classes.

"Two years later, 93 percent of the pets adopted from the shelter that went through the class were still in the home," Dr. Becker says.

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